Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Variable Mimic White
Family - PIERIDAE
Dismorphia theucharila avonia, Tatama
NP, Colombia ©
The subfamily Dismorphiinae, to which the Wood Whites of Europe
belong, has its headquarters in South America, where 51 different
species are found. The neotropical genera include
Moschoneura and Pseudopieris.
The 30 species in the genus Dismorphia
are characterised by having long narrow almost elliptical
fore-wings, and disproportionately large hindwings.
Dismorphia theucharila is distributed
from Mexico to Ecuador and Brazil. There are 13 named subspecies,
all of which are mimics of various unpalatable glasswing and
Dismorphia theucharila theucharila,
Medellin, Colombia ©
This species is found in rainforest and cloudforest at elevations
between about 200-1800m.
To be completed.
Both sexes are usually found as singletons flying in forest edge
Dismorphia theucharila avonia, Tatama NP,
Colombia © Adrian